Blurring the edges of what a book club can accomplish, BookPeople is going where polite company rarely treads with their newest offering to the booklovers of Austin. It's finally time for some hardcore gaming up in this bookstore.
Called the World of Dorkness Role Playing Book Club, this once a month get-together beginning July 7 will be pouring over the Players Manuals of popular roleplaying games instead of reading traditional novels. In this book club, members will be asked to kill orcs and and advance their pre-made characters in level to gain new spells, abilities and attributes. Y'know, the typical book club interactions...
Austin has always been pretty great about embracing our inner dork and championing our more curious natures.
BookPeople booksellers Robyn and Thomas will be leading gathered adventurers on epic campaigns each week that utilize the Dungeons & Dragons, Game of Thrones and Marvel Adventures source materials, which they can find on the shelves at BookPeople.
In three short hours, newbies can learn the game mechanics under the watchful tutelage of experienced "dungeon masters." True, it might be a little slow for experienced dungeon crawlers, but it will still be an amazingly un-pretentious way to meet like-minded folks.
This is a pretty ingenious move on the part of BookPeople who understand the universal concepts of storytelling that are present in role playing scenarios. Like all of the other book clubs at the store, The World of Dorkness will incorporate elements of story progression, critical thinking and imagination, just with a different goal in mind for the group.
Calling this a book club also takes away the strange social stigma that exists towards Dungeons and Dragons and its fellow games. Austin has always been pretty great about embracing our inner dork and championing our more curious natures. And now, HBO's Game of Thrones has made it cool to like dragons and magic again.
So take a chance, meet some new friends, and learn about a world you never knew you'd love so much: a World of Dorkness.
The World of Dorkness Book Club will meet every Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. beginning July 7.